In 1994, Gordon Shumaker, Glen Giacoletto and Jon Sharratt, all holders of black belt ranks and teaching licenses in Yoshinkan Aikido, formed the Metro Dojo, and trained and taught at a YMCA facility. Then, on January 15, 1997, the Yoshinkan Honbu certified their dojo as the Shuharikan. Jim Nolan, M.D., Maggie Murphy and Alvin Oyama soon thereafter became member-instructors at the Shuharikan.
In September 2014, the Shuharikan joined the SIAF, and Yasuhisa Shioda Sensei officially certified the dojo and its teachers and students as SIAF members. All teachers now hold SIAF black belt ranks of various degrees and international teaching licenses in Shioda Yoshinkan Aikido. Some instructors hold rank or have training experience in other martial arts as well.
The Shuharikan operates as a non-profit corporation with an unpaid, all-volunteer staff and is committed to offering instruction in the Yoshinkan style of Aikido to men, women and children. Furthermore, the Shuharikan is dedicated to making the dojo a safe, supportive, non-threatening environment for people of all backgrounds and abilities.
Furthermore, it is the Shuharikan Dojo’s strict policy not to discriminate in any way as to the ethnicity, race, religion, gender, philosophy, beliefs, or personal preferences of any person who trains at the dojo, and to actively prohibit any dojo member from engaging in discriminatory conduct, whether verbal or nonverbal.